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?Festival of lights? celebrated with fervour

india Updated: Oct 21, 2006 21:53 IST
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The 'festival of lights' was celebrated on Saturday evening with religious fervour. It was also the celebration of Lord Ram's homecoming (Ayodhya), after defeating demon king Ravana.

The people illuminated their homes with traditional diyas to seek the blessings of Goddess Luxmi, symbolising wealth and prosperity. The air was mixed with the feeling of joy, hope and the togetherness. The children lighted crackers in an expression of joy. The day was also set for Kali Pujan by Bengali community
The people also offered prayers to Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed God, who brings good luck, wisdom and peace.

The puja was followed by exchange of sweets among friends, neighbours and family members.

The traditional lamps and candles were lighted in verandahs, roof-tops and other place around the home.

It was also an auspicious night to pray for the attainment of health, knowledge, peace, prosperity and a good sowing season.

While some performed 'tantrik puja', the others chanted Vedic shlokas and mantras for peace and good health.

It was also the night of gambling for wealthy businessmen. A trader in Chowk said gambling was considered auspicious on this night.

"The legendary stories tell that whosoever gambled on this night will prosper throughout the ensuing year," he added.

However, the greatest Hindu festival Diwali also marked the start of two-day celebrations.

On Sunday, Kartika Shudda Padyami or 'Govardhan Puja' will be performed by Hindu devotees.

They offer 'Chappan Bhog' to please the God.

The 'Bhai Duj' will be celebrated on the following day. The brothers, on this day will visit their sister's place and get their blessings of joy, good luck and good health.

During the festive season the traders also settle their old business and new account books are opened. The books are worshipped in a special ceremony and participants are encouraged to remove anger, hate, and jealousy from their lives.

A function will also be organised at Chitragupt Mandir on the KP College campus on the occasion of Yam Dwitiya, on October 24.